Thieves Break In

Thieves Break In

by Cristina Sumners
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Thieves Break In by Cristina Sumners

The Reverend Kathryn Koerney is looking forward to guiding a group of her New Jersey parishioners through historical Oxford, England. She's also eager to visit her cousin, Richard, who works for a baronet at Datchworth Castle. But just before she departs, Kathryn gets word that Richard has fallen to his death from a castle tower. The police are calling it murder--yet they don't have a single lead. Fortunately, her friend, Chief of Police Tom Holder, is anxious to accompany her to the scene and lend his expertise. Secretly smitten with the divine lady priest, there's nothing the crime-deprived, unhappily married cop would like more than to conduct an investigation with her by his side. But his enthusiasm quickly fades when a certain marquis captures Kathryn's attention.

Datchworth has a wealth of secret treasures--and dark secrets. And when Kathryn stumbles upon what could be the most sensational find of the century, Tom and Kathryn are caught in a web of greed and madness that will require all their courage and faith--not just to save their friendship, but their lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307418630
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 893,628
File size: 711 KB

About the Author

Cristina Sumners holds a M.Div from the General Seminary of the Episcopal Church and an M.Phil. in Medieval English Studies from Oxford University. She has worked in two churches in Texas and as the Education Officer at a large urban church in England. Married to a scientist, she lives in Taos, New Mexico, where she is at work on her next suspense novel, FAMILIAR FRIEND, which Bantam will publish in 2005.

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first, I thought the book was jumping around into different time frames too much. I was tempted to stop reading the book. However, I was also curious why she kept incorporating chapters regarding the past and how they would tie into the present. I'm glad I kept reading, it had a great surprise ending. I'm looking forward to her next book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
During construction work at Datchworth Castle in the village of Wallwoon in Oxfordshire, England, a secret room is uncovered. Expensive silver dating from the Cromwell era and manuscripts are found in the forgotten room. Rob Hillman is hired to translate and catalogue the manuscripts, a job he loves. Not long afterward, castle owner Sir Gregory asks his butler to bring Rob to him, but after he seemingly vanished; the translator is found murdered on the grounds although the police can find no motive for killing the popular Rob.--- Reverend Kathryn Koerney was planning a visit to Oxford to show her New jersey parishioners the real city beneath the modern day glass. She also was going to see her cousin Rob, but learns he is dead. She turns the tour over to a friend and accompanied by Police Chief Tom Holden journeys to Datchworth castle to pick up Rob¿s belongings and hopefully to uncover a clue, not understanding that the killer has no mercy especially if someone starts sniffing too close.--- Christina Summers uses flashbacks from various post World war II years so that readers obtain a feel for the families that occupied Datchworth Castle, but that sense of location and tradition also confuses the audience because there seems no link to the homicide. Thus in spite of a fun amateur sleuth working with a professional law enforcement official, the interesting trivia disrupts an intriguing who-done-it (especially the why). Still fans of British modern day castle murder mysteries will enjoy this tale.--- Harriet Klausner